What do you do for your frets?

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  1. StratoStrummer

    StratoStrummer Strat-Talk Member

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    Do you clean them, or polish, and how often? For maple and rosewood fretboards/ for stainless steel frets, or for nickel frets? Any products ot tools you prefer to use?
    Or do you just leave them alone?
    What do you do, and for what purpose? sound, playability, etc
     
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    guitarface Most Honored Senior Member

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    paste metal polish, a cotton t-shirt and lots of wiping.

    i like them slick for bending.

    i have 1 guitar i put stainless frets in and have only polished them once and they are still slick.
     
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    CattleDog73 Strat-Talker

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    Gorgomyte cloth is super easy and effective. I use it when frets start looking dirty, or bends don’t feel silky smooth.

    There’s a cheaper alternative called miracle cloth I believe but my gorgomyte has lasted so long I haven’t had a chance to try it, nor do I feel the need to.
     
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    brians Senior Stratmaster

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    When I change strings, which is getting less and less often lately, I tape up my pickups very well, tape over the fretboard and I give them a quick polish with 0000 steel wool, and a quick polish afterwards with metal polish.

    I like shiny frets , I don't like playing on gritty frets.

    Yes, yes , I've heard all the stories about using steel wool, but I've been doing it forever, and not one guitar has self destructed on me. But I am very careful how I do it and I only do it outside.
     
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    Believer7713 The Pink Bunnyman Frankenstein Silver Member

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    Polish them only when I do the refret or buy it. After that...I just play them to keep them nice and shiny smooth.
     
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    Wear em out
     
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    Polish them for first String change clean fretboard if Rosewood I use Oil on the board 2 times a year
    I really like Music Nomad Products, bought the complete kit

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    Hi , @StratoStrummer

    I am a bit clumsy with tools
    so other than gentle wipe with soft cloth if there is grime. I leave the fretwork if needs it to tech with more skill than me :)
     
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    I feed them notes.

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    What is odd is that I have some guitars where the frets stay clean if left in the case for long periods, and others where the frets get gunked up while in the case. Not sure why.
     
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    I rub metal strings across them.
     
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    +1 on the music nomad products. I like really smooth frets so when I change strings, I clean and oil the board and then polish the frets. I use those music nomad fret guards. Sometimes I use their whole fret polishing kit with the toothpaste type stuff, but more often I will cut off a small piece of one of those 3m micro grit polish cloths (I think I use the 800 grit, the blue one), wrap it around one of those rectangular rubber erasers, and just give each fret a couple swipes (make sure and use a fret guard or tape or you will scuff up the board).

    The regular maintenance keeps them from getting too dirty, so it’s pretty quick and painless to do each time. The feeling of bending on an ice skating rink is worth the effort. So smooth.
     
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    I use a Dremel, polishing wheel, and diamond paste. I tape the board off with painter's tape.
     
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    Nothing except play them, and wipe them with the Miracle Cloth once in awhile.
     
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    I don't store picks between th strings, or leave capos on the neck for days. I never use strings made of harder metal than the frets. I use a light touch and wipe down y guitars after use.
     
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    I clean about yearly. Each time a new or used guitar is purchased it gets the once over as needed. Some are worse then others. This is one I bought yesterday. No proper photos yet, tomorrow we will have our photo shoot... Hopefully I will also have an SG if all works out tonight to shoot too.

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    Gorgomyte each time I change strings.

    http://www.gorgomyte.com/

    What I like most about it is there's no need to tape off the fret board since it can be used to clean it as well. The treated larger cloth has a cleaning agent and a mild abrasive that can resurface frets and clean the fret board in between frets.

    As suggested I cut a 2" square from the larger cloth which is enough to do the entire neck then clean up and buff with a soft cotton polishing cloth until I've removed all of the dirt and surface sanding from the frets. Takes about ten minutes to do the neck.

    It can also be used on other metal parts and any fretboard material.

    I may also use Music Nomad F-One Oil on any neck that needs deeper cleaning and is showing enough dryness to warrant it. For the body and neck itself I use Music Nomad One as a cleaner and polish. Between these three I can keep my gear in great condition both physically and cosmetically without spending a fortune and it pays off if or when I ever sell one. They're typically in excellent to near mint shape.